Monthly Archives: October 2016

Barry’s Blog # 178: Cultural Appropriation, Part Seven

Well, I thought I was done with this theme. But then I had an opportunity to attend the wonderful Bioneers conference, which has devoted much energy to the concerns and values of tribal people. There, I attended a “council” workshop … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 177: Why Are We So Freaking Crazy? Part Four of Four

Be joyful even though you’ve considered all the facts. – Wendell Berry I’m trying to get to the part where we talk about reframing this business of fear and denial, but I need to mention two themes first: 1 – … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 176: Why Are We So Freaking Crazy? Part Three of Four

Denial and fear; fear and denial, all electronically mediated. Do you remember the anthrax scare of 2001 – and how it disappeared from the news once Congress passed the Patriot Act? Do you remember how the government took this lunacy … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 175: Why Are We So Freaking Crazy? Part Two of Four

The U.S. military coined the phrase “Shock and Awe” in the late 1990s and applied it to the invasion of Iraq a few years later. But I find it remarkably accurate in describing the American psyche. Fear-mongering is the “shock” … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 174: Why Are We So Freaking Crazy? Part One

On its surface, the myth of American Innocence sings of a people who were – and remain – divinely inspired, manifestly destined, to spread freedom and opportunity across the world. As such, we have always celebrated ourselves for our optimism, … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 173: Cultural Appropriation? Part Six of Six

I think I’ll just let the mystery be. – Iris Dement Thea Faye’s nuanced approach to the subject of the Celtic Wheel of the Year is a breath of fresh air in an intellectual environment where accusations and stances of … Continue reading

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